Because we take pride in our craft

What makes us different 


“No matter the size of the home, our quality and commitment to our clients never changes."  - Steve Tilton

Our firm offers turnkey services to homebuyers, including in-house plans and finishes, as well as established relationships with the best vendors, craftsmen, designers, and creatives in the area. All Coastal Signature Team members, vendors, and trades are unified by one common goal:  providing clients with an exceptional building experience.  Because we take pride in our craft, meticulously building trust by holding ourselves accountable for what we say and do, our discriminating homeowners are elated with their building experience, and compellingly recommend us to everyone they know.  




Many of our clients come to us with an idea and ask us to assist with their dream. Design/Build is our specialty. We work closely with the top architects in our area to provide you with a home that is unique and tastefully appointed. Our exclusive Design Agreement process empowers homeowners as they fully design the scope of their custom home prior to entering into a contract to build.

Ready to BuilD Collection

For those interested in time efficiencies, and/or working within a carefully determined budget, we offer a collection of home plans that are pre-priced with full specifications and designer selected finishes. This collection of homes allows homeowners to break ground and be in their home in one year or less.

Client Support

We are most well known for our personal involvement with your project. We work closely with our clients on everything from homesite selection, plans development, and through all decisions that must be made for the completion of a new home. We are with you every step of the way to ensure we are not only building you a well-appointed home, but also crafting an exceptional building experience.

OUr TEam

I enjoy meeting people, listening to their dreams for a new home and a new life, and helping them to connect to their community. It is a pleasure to make new friends and to share the good life of our beautiful coastal region.
— Steve Tilton

Steve Tilton ~ Principal and founder 

Steve Tilton's reputation for quality home building, strong leadership, and passion for his community are well...

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He has found that by introducing his clients to the Lowcountry way of life, many longlasting friendships have evolved during the planning and construction of their homes. His certificates of recognition include Earth Craft House and Energy Star in addition to being recognized as a Certified Registered Green Professional. His wealth of knowledge of the unique requirements of building in the Lowcountry is invaluable.

In 1964, Steve Tilton’s family began building in the Lowcountry. A licensed General Contractor, Steve leverages his 21 years of immeasurable knowledge and experience during all design-build phases, resulting in soundly crafted, artfully layered homes that exceed expectations.

In addition to his passion for building, Steve is passionate about his community. Steve’s service to his community include Past Chairman of The Greater Bluffton Community Fund (for the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry), Chairman of Coastal Carolina Hospital, Chairman for a local board of directors for BB&T Bank, and President of the Hilton Head Area Homebuilders Association. He spearheaded the development of the Bluffton Community Center Foundation to raise grant and matching grant funding in order to build a community center for the Town of Bluffton. He has been named Rotarian of the year twice. Steve has also served in the Builders 20 National Group and was a speaker at the National Association of Home Builders International Convention in 2011.


Leah England ~
Client Engagement & Marketing

The daughter of a third generation residential contractor, building beautiful homes is in Leah England's blood...

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Prior to entering the construction industry, Leah's experience ranged from developing news storefronts for Kraft Foods to product development for an Amazon-owned publishing company. In addition, Leah owned a regional publication for ten years before selling it in order to focus on her career in construction.

Leah joined Coastal Signature Homes in 2014 and has been an essential team member on 28 completed home projects with the firm. A self-described house junkie with a passion for home interiors, Leah now directs all customer-facing company activities and services, including marketing and sales.

Leah was recognized in the Charleston Regional Business Journal Top 40 under 40, developed the Charleston Animal Advocacy Awards, and the Post and Courier named her one of the 10 top women to follow on Twitter.

Leah resides in Bluffton with her husband, Chris, and their two children, Thomas (9) and Jane (20 months.) Leah is equal parts coffee, dry shampoo, and passion for her work, both as a mother and at Coastal Signature Homes.


Holly Davidson ~ Finance and Operation

Holly Davidson brings over 20 years of financial and operational experience to Coastal Signature Homes...

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With an extensive background in small business management, her discipline and knowledge are an asset as she manages daily operations. Being a native of the Lowcountry and having previously worked in residential construction, Holly is perfectly suited to direct the administration of business practices creating the highest level of efficiency. With an extensive background in small business management, her process development and implementation streamlines the company's daily operations. Holly has served on the Boards of several area organizations, including United Way of the Lowcountry, is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Beaufort, and was recognized in the Savannah Business Journal's Top 40 Under 40. She has a degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina and is a graduate of Leadership Beaufort. Holly lives in Beaufort with her husband, Nick, and daughter, Hannah, and has an adult son who lives in the Clemson area.


Otis Black ~ Field Operations Supervisor

Otis Black is a native of Beaufort, South Carolina and holds a degree in Business Management...

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from the University of South Florida-Tampa. He and his wife, Kathy, have lived in the Okatie area for the last 29 years. Otis has spent the majority of his life in and around the construction industry, and also has a background in real estate and commercial banking.

Otis enjoys the outdoors, the scent of freshly sawn wood, and working with people who are excited about building their new home.


our story


Coastal Signature Homes is a company with strong roots in the  building industry. Steve Tilton’s experience of over 25 years in custom homebuilding leads to dream homes for his clients.

As you close your eyes and picture your dream home, it very well may be a Coastal Signature Home. Our homes are located in many of the fine st communities throughout the Lowcountry including Belfair Plantation, Berkeley Hall Plantation, Callawassie Island, Spring Island, Hampton Lake, Colleton River Plantation, Oldfield Plantation, and Palmetto Bluff, in addition to those on Hilton Head Island. Owners in these communities proudly open their doors everyday to our clients who are interested in building new homes and to those who desire to see our quality first hand. With this vision, you will see a home that's like no other, partnered with an exceptional  building experience.